Amarillo, TX - The Amarillo VA Health Care System is going green to save energy and money.
This will not only benefit patients but the entire community.
The hospital is required by the federal government to reduce energy every year by three-percent.
The VA has big plans in the works that will save them a lot more, somewhere near thirty percent.
"This is our five-hundred ton air cool chiller and this is what makes the ice," says Samuel Hagins, Energy Conservation Program, Amarillo VA Health Care System.
That's the first of several energy conservation projects going on.
"What saves us so much is that the way the hospital gets its electric bill is that it gets charged a price by how much demand we have during the day. So what this allows us to do is use our air conditioning during the evening, store that coldness and use it during the day," says Samuel Hagins, Energy Conservation Program, Amarillo VA Health Care System.
The same batch of ice can be used for up to three or four days.
"So the cooled air will chill ice and send it through a system that warms it down to a set point, to a heat exchanger and on out to the building," says Danny Davis, Amarillo VA Health Care System.
More projects are in the works.
Construction has already begun on nearly 570 carports which will have solar panels on top.
It will generate at least one-third of the hospital's annual power and any excess power generated will be sold to Xcel Energy.
"On a real crisp fall day, we should be able to sell some power back to Xcel Energy and we are signing on an inter-connectivity agreement to where if we produce greater then what we need, then we can actually sell that to them," says Samuel Hagins, Energy Conservation Program, Amarillo VA Health Care System.
This means the hospital will save money, while homes in our area will be able to use the power.
The Amarillo VA Health Care System says the money they save will help improve the quality of care for their patients.